Oct 122019
 
Learning To Shoot-Shooting Qualifications

Student Revolver Qualification in October

Learn To Shoot-Shooting Qualifications

Student Qualification in October

 

As many of you know by now Colorado does not require you to shoot to get a Concealed Handgun Permit (CHP). Learning To Shoot and putting a shooting qualification in your portfolio of things achieved should be high on your list. Learning to shoot and shooting with some proper form and technique should be one of the skills that shooters want to acquire. What your dad taught you or what you learned in the military can only take you so far. When you learn to shoot with proper form and technique it gives you a starting place so you can get better. Everyone strives to be a better shot but if you don’t practice with a baseline set of skills you don’t have any way to judge your progress.

Many states around us require a person to qualify in a simple shooting test to be sure they can operate their gun and actually hit what they are shooting at. One of the simple qualifications is the LAPD retired police officers qualification used by some trainers around the country. This is the qualification they make retired police officers shoot so that they can carry their concealed weapon into retirement. Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is a respected agency and being that this test is a respectable qualification. There are many other qualifications I have on my list and some of those are simple as well.

The Nevada Concealed Firearm Permit qualification being one of them. Many people wonder why the Colorado permit to carry is not honored by states such as Nevada. I have been told the real reason is that Colorado has no shooting qualification for its permits. Many states that have qualifications greater than Colorado to carry a concealed handgun do not think that someone with no training should be allowed to walk around with a handgun in public with no verifiable training. The keyword here being verifiable. Some states have gone to an enhanced permit process where someone with more training and qualifications can carry in a state like Nevada where someone with a basic permit from an enhanced state would not be able to. It sounds like a good idea to me. Students have a good time shooting the qualifications and it gives them some confidence that they are handling their firearm efficiently and effectively.

When you Learn To Shoot better it makes it much more fun!

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May 052019
 

Concealed Handgun PermitMaybe you took a Concealed Handgun Permit class many years ago, got your carry permit, and now you are not sure you know the difference between what’s right and wrong. You are confused about what you hear on the news or about new laws in Colorado or maybe your gun handling skills are not what they should be. Maybe you took a hotel Concealed Handgun Permit class or a class from a guy at the gun show and now your a little worried about some of the things you were told or you may not have learned. Maybe you just don’t remember.

Worry no more! If you took a class from me in the past or if you have a concealed handgun permit (took a class from anybody) and you would like to get some up-to-date training for your concealed handgun permit you have come to the right place. I have had many people come to me lately and say they have had a concealed handgun permit for a long time and that they are not really comfortable with what they can and can’t do so they don’t carry or don’t carry a concealed handgun very often. In the firearms training business, we use Murphy’s Law analogy for this. When you don’t have your gun with you that’s when you will need it. Sometimes you just need to get the proper information so you are more confident and don’t make mistakes that seem to be common by untrained or uninformed individuals.

Sometimes people are not comfortable with their level of understanding or training. Anyone who has taken my class before or has a concealed carry permit (from any class) has the option to come back and retake my level 1 class for $45. That’s a 30% discount on the normal class price. Over the years I have been exposed to new adult learning techniques, new training material, and some tricks that you probably didn’t get the first time you took a class, and you are welcome to come to my class for the discounted rate and learn them. Just sign up for regular level 1 class and in the comment or coupon code area put the word RETAKE. I will discount the rate when you attend the class.

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Dec 152018
 

I’m hearing it again from my students who are uneasy about carrying a live round  in the chamber of their EDC (Every Day Carry) pistol.

First, the only way to ever change this situation is to become more comfortable with your EDC firearm. Some people find that carrying a gun with a manual safety can help. Others find that carrying their concealed carry pistol loaded at home at all times can help get them comfortable with it.  Shooting your handgun more often will help tremendously and of course, we need to shoot more anyway. Over time you become more comfortable with your gun and at some point, you should be able to rationalize that your firearm cannot discharge unless your finger touches the trigger (rule #3) and of course as long as it’s in a proper holster that covers the trigger and trigger guard.

The other problem with this “Concealed Carry Without A Chambered Round ” mindset is that because you are not comfortable with your everyday carry (EDC) gun you are more likely to fumble and break safety rules during a high-pressure situation and possibly hurt yourself or someone else by accident in the process.

Concealed Carry  Without A Chambered Round

The Kel-Tec P-3AT pistolhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kel-Tec_P-3AT

Recently in the local King Soopers shopping center a (local grocery store), there was a negligent discharge in the parking lot which of course management of the store denied,  but I had a student in the parking lot when it happened. People who aren’t comfortable with their loaded concealed carry gun sometimes check it to see if it’s loaded. Sometimes they either load or unload the gun depending on their situation and apparently, this person did it with their finger on the trigger discharging their firearm in an unsafe manner. This gun might have been one of those small Kel-Tec Pistols or Ruger LCPs that we see all the time in class and they are hard to handle. Most people handle them improperly and sometimes put their finger on the trigger. We also see the holes in the bench tops of our local indoor range where people have racked their firearms with their finger on the trigger and discharged a round into the bench top (OOPS).

I know of another case in Colorado Springs where it happened in a movie theater. These people are so nervous with the loaded gun that they can’t remember if it’s loaded or not so they keep checking it and in this case the index finger was on the trigger and the gun went bang. This person was arrested of course and was charged with several infractions of the law.

When I put my gun on in the morning I know it is loaded. I don’t take it out in public and check it. Playing with your gun at any time in public is a bad idea. Administrative handling of your handgun should be done when you put it on and when you take it off.  Administrative handling would be the manipulation of the firearm that isn’t specifically shooting. This would include weapon disassemble, holstering, chambering a round or removing a round.

Remember the FBI stats that the industry quotes for concealed carry (3-3-3). Most self-defense incidents happen within three yards (10ft) are over in three seconds or less and with less than three fired being rounds. We all understand the basic concept of the Tueller Drill where Dennis Tueller studied in 1983 that a person can travel 21 feet with the contact weapon in their hand and do it in approximately 1.5 seconds. If most self-defense incidents happen within 3 yards that’s half the time and distance. I don’t know about you but I would be willing to bet that most of you can’t draw and rack your gun in .75 seconds. That sub-one-second draw is a once-in-a-while proposition for most let alone having to rack a gun so it’s ready to fire. 

Ken talks about being able to draw and fire in 1.5 seconds

Let’s remember why we carry a concealed carry weapon. We carry a concealed carry weapon to be prepared. How are you going to be prepared if most incidents happening in close quarters and are over before you could possibly rack a round into your gun. Concealed Carry Without A Chambered Round should be considered very dangerous.

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Feb 252018
 

concealed handgun or notEveryone wants a Concealed Handgun Permit but what is a concealed handgun? One of the local gun shops recently asked me to tell them what constitutes a concealed handgun in Colorado. To be honest I thought I knew what it meant but I was not sure of what the statutes say it means. So first let’s learn some things about the law. First of all, I’m not an Attorney and anything I say here is for informational purposes not legal advice. I get a lot of good information from Attorneys that are knowledgeable about gun laws and the laws of self-defense and I try not to stretch the meaning of any of those laws. Second, most people including myself until recently do not realize that the statutes in Colorado are what the legislature intended for the law to mean. The actual meaning of the law is decided in the state appellate courts and the state supreme court. So without reading the appropriate case law, you may not really know what the law actally means.

C.R.S. § 18-12-105 
A weapon is concealed on your person if it is placed out of sight so as not to be discernible or apparent by ordinary observation.1
1. People ex rel. O.R., App.2008, 220 P.3d 949, rehearing denied.
Read the case here.

If you go to the bottom of the page in the statute (C.R.S. § 18-12-105   )  you will see the annotations. This is where these cases are listed.

If the weapon is only partially concealed – for instance, by a holster — it is not concealed for purposes of 18-12-105 C.R.S. As long as a casual observer would recognize it as a weapon, you have not violated the law against carrying a concealed weapon.

However, the weapon does not have to be in your hand or something you are touching or wearing. It is considered concealed “on your person” if it is within easy reach.2

2. People in Interest of R. J. A., App.1976, 556 P.2d 491, 38 Colo.App. 346 (look this one up on your own)

 

When is concealed carry legal in Colorado?

You may legally carry a concealed weapon in Colorado if:
1.  You are in your own dwelling or place of business or on property you own or that is under your control.
2.  You are in a private automobile or other private means of conveyance and carrying the weapon for the lawful protection of your or someone else’s property while traveling.
3.  You hold a valid written permit to carry a concealed weapon and are not carrying it in a place where concealed carry is prohibited by law (such as a public school or courthouse).
4.  You are going on a legitimate hunting or fishing trip with a hunting or fishing knife.
5.  You are a peace officer carrying a weapon in conformance with department policy.
6.  You are an on-duty United States probation officer or pretrial services officer serving in Colorado under the authority of rules and regulations promulgated by the judicial conference of the United States.
7.  You are carrying a knife with a blade that is less than 3 1/2″ long.

DISCLAIMER: Have Gun Will Train Colorado and Rick Sindeband does NOT give legal advice. You should seek competent legal advice if you own a firearm for self-defense. Discuss the legal ramifications of firearms and self-defense with a knowledgeable attorney who specializes in CRIMINAL LAW in your local jurisdiction. Law, both statutory and common, regarding self-defense varies widely from one area to the next and is constantly changing. Only accept legal advice on firearms and/or self-defense from the POLICE or OTHER LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES OR OFFICIALS if it is in writing on official letterhead signed by a sworn senior supervisory official of that department in his or her official capacity or a current official document of that department bearing the department’s insignia and signed by the current head of the department (Chief of Police, Sheriff, or Special Agent In Charge). Verbal (not in writing) advice from law enforcement personnel may be in error and will have NO standing in a court of law.Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmail